Harry Bruce cartoon.
Harry Bruce cartoon. Contributed

Cartoonist will miss sheer spectacle of the Labor Party

OUR cartoonist Harry Bruce loves being a faceless man.

It gives him the anonymity he thrives on, so he can be as partial as he likes, while wielding his witty pen.

No man or woman is safe, as Harry cuts a swathe through the political landscape.

As he gears up for the cartooning year ahead, Harry's a little sad about the demise of the Labor Party, as he fears nothing will match them for sheer spectacle.

"I haven't only lost those politicians themselves, it's what they did. It was just astonishing, fantastic for a cartoonist," Harry said.

"And it was all of them, too; it wasn't just the two at the top, Kevin and Julia."

But he's optimistic the Coalition Government will still provide reasonable fodder.

"They have got off to a roaring start, with things like Gonski, so I think we can rely on this mob to put their foot in it," he said.

"They're like little babies, really. There are lots of expectations people have of them, they're not going to be able to meet.

"But it will never be as good as last year."

When talking about those who are easy to draw, he said it was hard to go past Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

"Abbott is just brilliant, with the bikes, the budgie smugglers and the ears," Harry said.

"But (Christopher) Pyne is also fantastic, he's so up himself, it's incredible.

"The (Federal) Opposition is a bit boring, I can't draw any of them. Peter Garrett is another one I will miss."

Closer to home, Harry is a little concerned our Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen might be less volatile now he's in government, rather than opposition.

"It will be interesting to see what happens with George as Whip, he might settle down. But I don't think he will be able to help himself."

But if Harry has a favourite, it's the larger-than-life Clive Palmer.

"I love Clive, he really should be PM - it'd be the Labor Party show all over again," Harry said.

"He's a dream to draw, it doesn't get any better than that because he's got dinosaurs and the mines.

"He doesn't even have to be there in Parliament, it's just the idea of him - that's enough to inspire any cartoonist.

"No other politicians go out there and twerk."


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